Work in Progress Site

Each student will be responsible for maintaining a blog where they chronicle their practicum work for the course, the development of their major projects, and their reflections on the course readings. Following the “spokes” model for blogging, each member of the course should engage their colleagues in the comments on individual blogs and through twitter.

Class Discussion

Students will conduct class discussion in groups of two. It may be helpful to pose discussion questions for your colleagues to consider prior to reading. Also, discussion leaders should take special care to work with the practicum items, tools, and sites for the week. Each of these should enter into the plan for the class conversation.

Major Project #1: Digital Humanities Start-up Grant Proposal (Level II)

For the first major project of the semester, you will write a grant proposal to fund a digital history project under the guidelines for a Level II NEH Office of Digital Humanities Start-up Grant. These proposals need not be confined to the production of a traditional website, but rather could include the development of new tools, or mobile computing applications. The key here will be that you establish the need for your project that relates to historical method or inquiry and propose a sound solution to that need.

Part 1:

Following the guidelines, you will have to fully imagine the project, situate it in the context of other digital humanities projects, and plan for its completion. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to include appendices that support your proposal, including mock-ups, and workflow diagrams. The length of the narrative is limited to six single spaced pages, but you may include up to 10 pages of graphic appendices.

Proposals due: October 16, 2015 by 5pm. Narratives and attachments should be made available through your website.

Part 2:

Once the proposals are complete, you should review and comment your colleagues proposals using the review criteria provided by NEH (under the Application Review section). The goal here is to take up the position of an NEH grant panel reviewer to evaluate whether or not the proposal deserves funding.

Comments by: October 23, 2015.

Major Project #2: Digital History Scholarship Proof of Concept

For your major project for the semester you will build an alpha version of your proposed digital history scholarship project. The scope and shape of your project will likely change through the semester as you discover more about digital history methods and tools.

Additionally, you will produce a six to eight page whitepaper discussing the ways that the choices you’ve made with respect to design and functionality relate to the historical inquiry question that drives your work.

Presentations and discussion: December 7, 2015

Final Projects due: December 14, 2015 at 5:00pm

Late work will not be accepted.